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Camp Makomanai

2013-05-26 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- Camp Makomanai (a Japanese army base in south Sapporo city) opened its doors to the public for a day of performances and exhibits.

Camp Mamokamai is home to the JGSDF 11th Brigade. The brigade is composed mostly of infantry and artillery. I received some of my own training here.
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Servicemen entertain visitors with taiko drums. This band has only men, but there are many women drummers too.
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Almost all aircraft in the Japanese army are helicopters. The air force has fighters and transports but no bombers. The navy has anti-submarine surveillance aircraft.
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In a mock battle, armored personnel carriers (the 8-wheeler in the middle) of the 18th infantry regiment advances towards the enemy under cover of suppression fire by the 11th artillery (the tracked vehicles with guns). Self-propelled howitzers are not tanks. Howitzers fire upwards (that is, at high trajectories) to reach targets beyond line of sight.
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Most of the static displays (that is, exhibits that are for looking at) consisted of equipment used in disaster relief. The photo below is a triage center.
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A decontamination tent. The army seriously prepares for nuclear, biological, and chemical attack.
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Inside the decontamination tent, there are low-pressure and high-pressure sprays for removing hazardous materials.
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If your area becomes a disaster zone, then you might live in tents like these. They are roomier than backpacking tents.
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The Japanese army provides furo baths to keep civilians happy. In America, you get coffee.
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The tent walls have been removed to show the interior. The inside looks just like a regular public bath.
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Lots of water is needed. I often suspect that most of army cargo is water. But soldiers aren’t allowed to drink it: “Save it for your buddy.” I got used to not drinking water during exercises. American soldiers drink all they want.
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Soldiers meticulously protect visitors from sharp objects. Here’s a tent peg covered in a plastic bottle.
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During break time, a soldier does chin ups by the barracks.
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